Is it true that people have sex at younger ages today than in previous generations?
The short answer is no. The rates and ages that young people are having sex have stayed relatively the same over the past few decades. It is, however, a common misbelief that teens have become more sexually active earlier on in life.
So why does this misconception still exist?
One reason could be because technology has allowed young people to better learn and communicate about sex and sex positivity. So it may seem like there are more/younger teens having sex, but in reality it’s just the conversation that has become open to younger folks!
Here are a few resourses that show different tendencies of teens having sex through previous generations:
Our friends over at Women’s College Hospital (home of the Bay Centre for Birth Control) have launched a brand new resource called What’s Next For Me?
Planned Parenthood Toronto’s “Youth and Healthcare Rights” resource lays out young people’s rights for when they go to a clinic. Check ’em out!
Become a Peer Educator for Planned Parenthood Toronto’s Youth HIV project: Prevention, Engagement, Action & Knowledge (P.E.A.K.)!